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Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing on Lake Taupo

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 21 reviews.Taupo, New Zealand

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Experience hosted by Tiffany

2.5 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

• We invite you to make yourself at home on our lovingly restored classic white electric yachts. Our skipper will make your sailing trip one to remember aboard the vessel that has proudly entertained many visitors to the region since 1982.
• We leave the marina at the beginning of the mighty Waikato River and work our way along the bays of Great Lake Taupo with an informative and interesting short history of the area, it’s volcanic nature and settlement.
• Sit back and relax in comfortable seating on our spacious deck as we round the point to the famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings.
• Sail Barbary takes you right up close for the perfect shot of the 14-metre high rock art. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s instagram moments on this tour of cultural significance.
• Soak up the warm sun or go for a swim before you enjoy free refreshments at the Rock Carvings.
• As we depart from the carvings, roll up your sleeves, as you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view.
• We’re equipped for all conditions, including awesome warm ponchos.
• If the wind dies down, Sail Barbary’s quiet, eco-friendly electric engine kicks in. We have NZ’s only two commercially operated electric yachts.
• We work our way back across Taupo Bay to the marina with stunning views of mountains, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.
• We invite you to make yourself at home on our lovingly restored classic white electric yachts. Our skipper will make your sailing trip one to remember aboard the vessel that has proudly entertained many visitors to the region since 1982.
• We leave the marina at the beginning of the mighty Waikato River and work our way along the bays of Great Lake Taupo with an informative and interesting short history of the area, it’s volcanic nature an…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Our day trips offer complimentary tea, coffee or soda in the summer. You ca...
  • Equipment
    We have toasty warm ponchos, hats and gloves you can use during the trip to...
From $34
/ person
Mon, Oct 26
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$34 per person
$34 per person
Tue, Oct 27
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$34 per person
$34 per person
Wed, Oct 28
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$34 per person
$34 per person

Meet your host, Tiffany

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 21 Reviews
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We are a family business with Peter sailing the yacht and Tiffany in the office taking bookings and organising anything else to do with Barbary.
Whilst we are new to the business of sailing we have owned and operated small businesses for many years and enjoy working with people. Sailing is a passion.
Peter is very passionate about passing on information about our eco friendly yachts, Lake Taupo and our local cultural heritage.
We have 3 very qualified skippers.
Peter is a fully qualified skipper. Skipper Restricted Limits ( with passenger endorsement) licence and a Level 2 First Aid Qualification.
Chris with the same qualifications.
Kerry has been sailing the longest. Very experienced in open ocean and competition sailing. He has some fabulous stories to tell.
We are a family business with Peter sailing the yacht and Tiffany in the office taking bookings and organising anything else to do with Barbary.
Whilst we are new to the business of sailing we have owned and operated small businesses for many years and enjoy working with people. Sailing is a passion.
Peter is very passionate about passing on information about our eco friendly yachts, Lake Taupo and our local cultural heritage.
We have 3 very qualified skippers.
Peter is a…
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Where you'll be

We sail out to Whakamoenga Point to see the famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. They are only accessible by water. Sail Barbary takes you right up close to the face of Ngatoroirangi for the perfect photo of the 14-metre high rock art. The main carving is the face of an 800 year old ancestor. It is surrounded by smaller sculptures depicting ancestors and kaitiaki (guardians). While it was carved in 1981 the designs used are ancient.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Yanahina
July 2020
Fantastic skipper, friendly and made us feel part of the team, some of us were able to do some hands on sailing tasks , great value for money. Free coffee, hot chocolate and snacks on board to minimize the cold winter. I will do it again during the Summer time to enjoy another face of the sailing experience. this was a surprise birthday event I organised for my husband and he loved it, well.. WE loved it!
Fantastic skipper, friendly and made us feel part of the team, some of us were able to do some hands on sailing tasks , great value for money. Free coffee, hot chocolate and snacks…
Daniel
February 2020
They yacht was great and it was a nice couple of hours out and about on the lake. However once at the carvings in the rock the skipper gave a very one sided version of New Zealand history which was in my opinion very unprofessional and showed the ignorance of the operator of the vessel. But he did stop and let us go for a swim which was very refreshing and ended the trip on a good note.
They yacht was great and it was a nice couple of hours out and about on the lake. However once at the carvings in the rock the skipper gave a very one sided version of New Zealand…
Karen
February 2020
A really lovely way to spend an afternoon on the lake enjoying the views and learning some history of the area too. Would highly recommend.
Ashleigh
January 2020
Fantastic trip! Our skipper Chris was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about the history of the lake. The wonderful boat trip experience was equally matched by Chris's enjoyable and entertaining commentary. Thank you for a memorable afternoon on the lake. I will be back.
Fantastic trip! Our skipper Chris was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about the history of the lake. The wonderful boat trip experience was equally matched by C…
Joëlle
January 2020
It was a nice and relaxing afternoon trip! The guides in the boat are very and fun ! My favorite part was jumping in the nice big blue lake (it was a sunny day!!)
Lou
January 2020
Lovely afternoon out on Lake Taupo. Great rock carvings to see unfortunately lack of wind meant we didn’t do any sailing without motoring.

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    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

More tips

Cancellations by the client with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full charge. Barbary reserves the right to cancel or amend a cruise due to operational, lake or weather conditions, or other circumstances beyond our control. A refund will be given if necessary.

What to bring

Dress casual, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, swimsuit, towel, practical footwear, camera (summer)

Dress casual, warm clothing, hat, scarf, gloves, jacket, camera (winter)